The reliable and trustworthy Plastics Market Monthly report is published by ICIS in Europe. It includes an overview of activity in the polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) markets.
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Plastics: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) Q1 prices are expected to be agreed at reductions based on falling feedstock prices and pressure coming from competitively priced Asian imports. Reductions are expected in the price of all PBT raw materials, including butanediol (BDO), purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT).
European polyacetal (POM) negotiations are less straightforward, with some producers hoping to secure slight increases to gain margin, while buyers believe there is room for price decreases amid market length. Feedstock price methanol is expected to remain largely stable this year.
The euro has recently reached a nine-year low versus the dollar which is likely to discourage some Asian suppliers from targeting the eurozone, which will benefit producers in both of the markets.
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